We're always looking for destinations to justify a hike, and waterfalls certainly fit the bill. On Dominica this trip, we've visited two very different ones.
Cruisers in the Caribbean rely very heavily on cruising guides to help them through day-to-day decisions. The most popular by far are published by a company called "Cruising Guide Publications," and two we use most heavily (Leeward Islands and Windward Islands) are authored by a man named Chris Doyle. Chris has been doing this for decades -- our Windward Island guide is the 16th edition -- and he is very influential among both cruisers, but also among the various service providers, restaurants, and shops on the island.
Well, when Martin of "Providence," one of the boat services folks in Portsmouth, Dominica, asked us if we'd like to take a hike with Chris Doyle, it was a very immediate "Yes!" We went to a place not well publicized, called Sherry Falls. This is a relatively easy (35 minute), and extremely beautiful walk through the forest. The falls are modest, maybe 25 feet high, but quite picturesque.
Here's a shot with Chris Doyle and Martin:
The other extreme of waterfall tourism includes several very well-known and well-visited large waterfalls. The most popular is Trafalgar Falls, because it is easily accessible by cruise ship visitors. Another famous one is Victoria Falls, which we visited last year. Today we hiked to Middleham Falls. This is the highest waterfall on Dominica, at 180 feet. It is a much more difficult hike than Sherry Falls, but promoted enough that there is a fairly steady stream of visitors. We saw three other groups during our two-hour hike. Anyway, Middleham Falls is pretty spectacular:
As you can see, we were enjoying ourselves: